I am now advised that the “fan” shouting encouragement is none other than double world champion Norman Sheil and the rider taking a drink is the late Ken Hill. Not many dummies in that group! I now think the race is on the King’s Gardens, Southport, not really Billy’s cup of tea at all but he wasn’t only a climber in his later years. If the race really is at Southport there is a strong possibility that Brian “Pee Wee” Pearson was on the start line. BTW the photo was taken by Jackie Lowe, past Merseyside champion.